The leading rule for a man of every calling is diligence; never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. ~ Abraham Lincoln
If you are like me, in addition to your primary job as a homemaker, you have another job that takes you away from home for eight or more hours every day. Let’s get real for a moment: This is not a new phenomenon. Women have been juggling this type of situation for a very long time. Both of my grandmothers worked outside of the home as did my mother. In fact, my maternal grandmother ran her own business!
How did they manage to “do it all?” I believe the primary aspects of their success were threefold:
- They didn’t put things off until “tomorrow.” No matter how tired they were when they got home, they followed President Lincoln’s advice and still did whatever homekeeping needed to be done. I know for me, having a sense of accomplishment gives me a little boost of energy and I want to do just a little bit more before collapsing into bed.
- They didn’t have 300 cable channels and Pinterest to distract them. I don’t have cable but there have been times when I’ve sat down to “unwind for a few minutes” by going online only to discover that a few hours have passed when The Mister wonders if we are going to have dinner that evening (Note: He is not a barbarian who expects me to fix dinner every night–he just usually waits until I’m ready and we usually prepare dinner together). Research shows that we zone out when we are mindlessly looking into a box (TV, computer, phone) and lose track of time that could be used being productive.
- They had a tremendous support system. Whether it was their family, their neighbors, or the women from church, there was a support system in place when stressful situations arose. Our family jokes about all of the green Jello salads that were brought to our house when my paternal grandfather died, but those salads were accompanied by casseroles and hams and other food so that feeding the family (and visitors who called to pay their respects) was one less thing we had to worry about.
Today is a holiday and instead of enjoying a day of sewing and/or reading, I’m having to play “catch-up.” Although it has been a relaxing day, I put off what could have been done and am now paying the price for it.
Are you good about staying on top of things? Or do you have a tendency to lose track of valuable time, too?
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